ANA Governor Brian Hendelson will provide historic multi-million dollar Philadelphia Mint coins and early United States Mint appointment documents for ANA Museum Showcase exhibit.
The finest known 1792 Half Disme, formerly owned by the first United States Mint Director David Rittenhouse, and the finer of the two known 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet Reverse Liberty Head Double Eagles, will be featured exhibits in the Museum Showcase at the American Numismatic Association’s 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money.
The two historic coins, along with George Washington and/or Thomas Jefferson-signed papers appointing Rittenhouse, Elias Boudinot and Robert Patterson as the first, third and fourth Mint Directors respectively, are being loaned for the exhibit from the personal collection of ANA Governor Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Company of Bridgewater, New Jersey. The two coins will be insured for a combined $10.5 million for their “homecoming” display, August 14-18.
“The Half Disme was the first denomination produced by the young United States for circulation, and this particular, superbly struck and preserved coin could be the first one made. I’m happy to share it and the Paquet Reverse Double Eagle at the 2018 ANA convention for everyone to enjoy and to learn about the hobby and history,” explained Hendelson.
The rainbow toned 1792 Half Disme (LM-1, Judd-7, Pollock-7) is graded PCGS MS-68 and the 1861 Paquet Reverse Double Eagle is graded PCGS MS-67.